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Staying in Touch

Bench Racing

by Ryan King

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One of my biggest hurdles with Classics and Performance is keeping myself from becoming too insulated – otherwise known as being out of touch.

When I refer to being in touch or out of touch, I'm not referring to engaging with other people or popular trends. Quite frankly, I think differently than everyone I've ever met and I have no interest in being conformist, so I don't necessarily engage well with others or follow trends, but that's also one of my greatest strengths.

For me, being "in touch" means being in touch with my interests – being engaged with them – constantly working to rethink how to approach them, how to improve them, how to make positive change occur.

That's not an easy thing to do because, right now, I'm simply not able to wrench on anything, to race anything, or to drive much. What I am able to do – and what I've been focusing on – is how to better manage the whole kit and caboodle.

In my first attempt to engage with my hobby I learned a harsh lesson: a car hobby isn't an easily sustainable one, yet one I'm going to do anyway.

The issues I've found stem from the fact that it's incredibly resource intensive and that includes time, money, energy, expertise, materials, equipment, and facilities. And it sucks all of these up like a sponge without regenerating any of them, which also means I can't look to it to help sustain itself. The only way to sustain it, is to manage it carefully so that it uses as little as necessary to produce the results I'm looking for. The biggest challenge I find is attaining a level of achievement that satisfies me and one that I can provide the resources necessary to, to continue to fuel it.

Not an easy task.

So that's what I'm focusing on now, and what I'm writing about on Classics and Performance.

As I've mentioned, I'm working diligently to get back to my projects, but they aren't something I can do right now. If all goes well, I'll be back to them relatively soon-ish, but until then, Classics and Performance will continue to do what it has always done: follow my journey through my hobby and provide other people a glimpse into that journey so that that glimpse may give them ideas for their own.

I hope your projects are going well, and until next time, keep the shiny side up.

Ryan

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